Concrete for wood fence posts?
We need to replace our fence and plan on using pressure-treated privacy panels along with our existing pressure-treated wooden posts. Our posts are not concreted into the ground and some are leaning. Everything that we read concerning wooden fence posts tells us that they should be cemented into the ground. When we have had fencing companies come out and tell us what they would do they all say that they don't use concrete with wood fence posts. They say that the posts will rot and some even claim that the the posts will break off at ground level in a major storm! We have read that the correct way to do fence posts is to first have 4 or 5 inches of gravel and then place the post on the gravel and use cement to about 2 inches beneath the surface of the ground. Which way should we go? Concrete the posts or not? (BTW we are on Long Island, NY)